Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from Ash Wednesday and the 1st Sunday of Lent 2024 for further reflection and prayer throughout the week.

God, in ancient times, women and men seeking you went into the desert, to put aside distractions that they might find you. You are now calling us to that time of reflection so that we might discover you again. As we gather at the beginning of this season of grace we pray:

That we might experience a bit of the desert in the weeks ahead, putting aside some of the busyness and noise of our everyday lives to find moments of silence with you. We pray to the Lord.

In this graced season of Lent, help us to find you in the discipline of praying, in the hard work of caring, in whatever we deny ourselves, and in whatever we set out for ourselves to learn or do. We pray to the Lord.

When we are stunned into silence by the cruelty, selfishness, and anger around us, fill us with your words of grace, hope, and peace so that we may offer them freely, joyously, generously, we pray to the Lord.

This weekend many faith communities in Maine are participating in a “Gun Safety Awareness Sabbath,” praying in unity for safety from gun violence for our families, communities, and state. Let us begin by joining our voices in prayer this Gun Safety Awareness Sabbath weekend. We pray to the Lord.

For James Ruggieri, who will soon become our Bishop. May God grant him courage, faith, compassion, and creativity as he comes to be among us as a servant-leader. For Pope Francis, Bishop Deeley, and all Spiritual leaders, we pray to the Lord.

In this graced time, Lord, you wait for us in the scattered ashes of our lives; you wait for us to find you: in silence, in the broken bread which strengthens us to serve; in the cup of grace which fills our emptiness; in our sisters and brothers who are willing to hold us up when we falter, so you can embrace us with joy and hope. Help us to be open to your waiting. Help us to slow down so we do not miss you, there, waiting. We pray to the Lord.

We are on the journey to Jerusalem. We pray now for our brothers and sisters who have walked this way before us, may they be with you in the fullness of life. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM For the Deceased Members of the Sears & Cribby Families by Arthur & Anne Sears

7:30 AM For Teresa Alden by Paul & Maryann Pendleton

9:30 AM For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

5:00 PM For Marjorie Lenois by Natalie Baltos

We pray to the Lord.

Lord, we know you hear our prayers, those spoken and those held in our hearts. You wait on this day, Patient God, for us to come back: to stop going away from you on our self-focused travels; to set aside our empty fears, to cease shaping you in our image, so that we can discover you closer than we ever dared imagine. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time  (Feb 10-11, 2024), the last weekend before Lent begins. May they be helpful to you in your prayerful reflections this week:

O God, you created this world to give it your love and companionship. You long that all should know your care and in you find welcome and blessing. We pray for your love today.

In the ancient world where there was no cure, people with certain diseases and conditions were sent away from the community. Today’s Gospel shows us that Jesus has the power to heal and to reunite. Help us to think and act with His spirit today and welcome the lost, the exiled, the feared and unwanted into our community of love. In that way Jesus’ healing continues. We pray to the Lord.

On Valentine’s Day we spend money on flowers and candy, but behind it all is our love for people who are special to us. Let us affirm, support, and bless all people who live their lives in committed love. We pray to the Lord.

God, you give us words to speak and the ability to be silent. God of justice keep us silent when the only words we have are ones of judgment, exclusion, or prejudice. God of power keep us silent so that we may listen respectfully to the other person’s pain without trying to fade or fic it. God of love, give us words of welcome, acceptance, and renewal so that when we speak our words come from you. We pray to the Lord.

Lord, it is possible that some of us may have been taught or believe that something about ourselves is unacceptable or shameful, that we are, secretly, lepers. That thought burdens us and maybe separates us from others. Show us the way to self-acceptance that we might be thankful for the gift of your life and love to each of us. Touch us with our loving and joyful spirit. We pray to the Lord.

Grant a spirit of wisdom, honesty, and compassion to our leaders and those who would be leaders. Help them and us to stop building ourselves up by pulling someone else down. We pray to the Lord.

You promise healing of all that harms and a welcome beyond our ability to measure to those who seek you and try to live lives of goodness in this life. Bless our loved ones and help us to know they are blessed. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Anna Paolilli by Paulette Tidd

7:30 AM For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM Annie Bourke by Kathleen O’Connell

5:00 PM Elsie Slater by Pauline Pinkos

We pray to the Lord.

Accept these prayers and those held in our hearts as signs of our desire to live in your Spirit. Ask that in joy or sorrow, in hurt or healing, we may come before you as your daughters and sons, in the sure knowledge of your love for us. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

May these Prayers of the Faithful from the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb 3-4, 2024) be helpful to you this week, in your own private prayer and reflection.

God you know us. At times we, like Job, can be discouraged and feel overwhelmed. Be near to us then and help us. Let our prayers today be a sign of our trust in your love.

We pray for all the sick and for doctors, nurses, counselors, therapists, all health care workers, and staff who tend to the sick. Guide and direct their hands and hearts. Help them to know the importance of what they do. We pray to the Lord.

On Monday, our school will celebrate the feast of St. Brigid of Kildare. Bless our school and all the good that is happening there. We pray that our students, like Brigid, will be people of strong and lively faith, courage, and hospitality. We pray to the Lord.

For men and women consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, that they seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and service to the church. We pray that those whom the Spirit is inviting to consecrated life may have the freedom to respond. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for people who are questioning their faith. Questions are not the enemy of faith and may be the way to a much deeper faith. Lord, send your Holy Spirit to guide those who question. We pray to the Lord.

For our brothers and sisters living in parts of the world where there is little hope: in war zones in Palestine and Ukraine and parts of Africa, in places like Haiti where the government has collapsed and Cuba where wild inflation is making it hard to live. We pray to the Lord.

Loving God, be with our family and friends today, hold them in your love. Be with the poor today, show them you care. Be with the depressed, hold out your hand to them. Be with the lonely, let them know you are with them. Be with the homeless, shelter them in your arms. Be with us and stay with us, we need you God. We pray to the Lord.

Draw all our loved ones to be near to you in the fullness of the promised eternal life. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Living and Deceased members of the Maine Chapter Boston College Alumni and Families

7:30 AM  Anthony Carter by Margaret DeSarno & Ann Marie

9:30 AM Rosanna Gagne by Lynne, Mary & Phyllis Sullivan

5:00 PM Richard Kress by The Myatt Family

We pray to the Lord.

Come with us God, come into the desert, the painful and lonely places of our memories, of our lives. Come with your angels and bring us peace. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please join us in praying for these intentions as offered in the Prayers of the Faithful for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jan 27-28, 2024).

God of many voices and names, revealed and hidden, we welcome you in our midst. Bring to our lives the oil of justice, the lamp of truth and open hearts to receive your word:

We pray for all spiritual leaders, that they listen to you and guide people and churches to follow your way, a way of mercy and healing that embraces all people. We pray to the Lord.

For all who will gather to pray this weekend. We may have grown too accustomed to the words we say or sing. Help us to hear you as for the first time speaking to us, of being set free from our fears and those things that weigh down our hearts and spirits. We pray especially for those who have been overlooked or made not welcome in your church: those with issues of mental or physical health, single adults, those who do not have a family. We pray to the Lord.

For all those who find winter difficult because of financial stress, isolation, or illness, we pray to the Lord.

We pray that you send us a person who can become our next Director of Parish Life. We pray to the Lord.

Grant us patience and courage as we engage in conversations and debates and help us to undermine the walls of division that have grown up amongst us. Remind us to listen more than we speak and to be open to receive more than we can give. We pray to the Lord.

We place before you, now, those who are struggling in this life; people known to us, those we may pass on the street and those best known to you. Bless them with love and hope. And if that hope and love is meant to come through us, help us to notice. We pray to the Lord.

Your word promises life beyond death. May our loved ones know the truth of your promise. Today we ask your blessing on

4:30 PM Richard C. Dillihunt, M.D. byTerry & Gerry Myatt

7:30 AM For all the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM Richard C. Dillihunt, M.D. by Michael & Sue Russo

5:00 PM Maureen Quinn by Pauline Pinkos

We pray to the Lord

Good and gracious God, we need you to hear these prayers and even more those we carry with us. Help us to rejoice that Jesus has risen and has overcome the death that we fear, death of the spirit as well as the body. We give thanks that you remind us that all people matter, and that new life is possible. We need your help to rise beyond our own insecurity – and too great security. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan 20-21, 2024, with the hope that they are helpful to you in your own reflection and prayer throughout this week.

Loving God, you call us to live in awareness of your great mercy; mercy towards us and towards all people. We pray:

This week we are asked to pray for the unborn. As we remember them, let us also remember your desire and command to defend the sanctity of all human lives: the refugees and homeless, neglected elderly, those in our prison system, those lives endangered by war and violence. All are included in your love. May we include all in our care as well. We pray to the Lord.

We conclude a week of prayer for Christian unity this week. Inspire us to practice unity within our church, by accepting those whose opinions we may not share. In practical action and cooperation let us build unity with our sister Christian churches in our own community and around the world. We pray to the Lord.

Grant us the wisdom and courage to challenge racism, prejudice, antisemitism, and all forms of prejudice when we encounter them, for they are counter to your holy will. We pray to the Lord.

For our neighbors and friends who have suffered loss of homes, businesses, and other property damage in the recent storms. May these spark our energy and imagination in planning for life in these more dangerous conditions and find ways to decrease climate change. We pray to the Lord.

Today, as we do whenever we meet, we ask your blessing, good and gracious God on our relatives, friends, neighbors who have died. We pray that they be safe with you. At this liturgy we remember:

4:30 PM All the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

7:30 AM Paul Richard Barbera by the Bolduc Family

9:30 AM Stella M. Sorrells by Maxine Hight

5:00 PM Tom Bucci by Sandy Kress

We pray to the Lord

Covenant God, whose mission is to reconcile and whose gift is peace, teach us to prefer creation to destruction, redemption to condemnation, freedom to retaliation, that in turning away from sinful division, we may follow the path to new life and renewed community. Bless us as we seek to fulfill your will and desire to draw all things into unity with you. Amen

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community- Ash Wednesday & 1st Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

For this 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (January 13 & 14), we share these Prayers of the Faithful trusting that you may find them a helpful resource for further reflection and prayer this week.

Giver of life and strength and hope, when the winds rage and the rain pours, damaging this world with persistent force, guide us into wisdom and help us hear you, always reaching out to us. Trusting in your love we pray:

On this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, we pray that our multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-faithed society be able to welcome all of our members and, in justice, act to right the wrongs of discrimination and violence that some of our members have faced in the past or are even facing now. We pray to the Lord.

In this week, every year since 1908, Christians have prayed for Unity within the Christian family. We pray again, now, for unity in the face of splits within the churches themselves. We also ask you, God, to help us to recognize opportunities when we can reach out to people in other churches and grow in mutual understanding and cooperation. We pray to the Lord.

Listening God, bless all those who have no one left to talk to, who are afraid friends will reject them, families will disown them, and those whom they love will leave them. Bless them with the confidence that no matter what, that you love and accept them. Never leave them feeling ashamed, poor, or alone. We pray to the Lord.

Bless each of us in those moments when worries or fears keep us awake at night. Help us to find a way to heal broken relationships or to live in peace if healing cannot be. May we know that when those difficult times come, you are with us. We pray to the Lord.

May this year bring real peace in places of war and violence; clarity and truth in the troubled councils of our government and a sense of hope in each of us. Help us to hear and respond to your invitations to live in ways that will make our world a better place. We pray to the Lord.

God, you promise more than we have yet known. We entrust our deceased loved ones into your care, with the hope that eternal life has become a reality for them. At this liturgy we remember:

4:30 PM  Peter M. Foley by Elizabeth & Michael Walsh

7:30 AM Dr. Richard C. Dillihunt byTim & Ann Marie Bolduc & Family

9:30 AM Karen Dyer by Dorothy Jones & Families

5:00 PM  The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

We pray to the Lord.

May your circle of mercy and care be present this day and your will for all creation bring us into your light, even as we are held by your great love throughout time. Feed us today with the gifts of your goodness and bathe us in your mercy. Help us to turn from all that leads us from your way and save us from all that destroys life. Amen.

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